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Curator, EmeritusProfessor, Emeritus
1080 Museums Bldg1107 Geddes Ave.Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079
Office Location(s): 1039 Ruthven
Freshwater fishes outnumber all non-fish vertebrate groups though they occupy less than 1% of Earths waters. The nature of species restriction to river and lake drainages has contributed to their reproductive isolation and species origins. Cenozoic fish paleontology reveals ecological causes of morphological change through time, past drainage isolation and connections, causes of extinction, and a surprising amount of hybridization that reunites lineages and changes the rates of evolution.
Dr. Smith received his B.S. from the University of Utah in 1957, his M.S. from the University of Utah in 1959, and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1965 in Zoology. He was Assistant Professor at University of Utah from 1963-66; Assistant Professor at University of Kansas from 1966-69; Assistant Professor at University of Michigan from 1969-1975.
Museum of Paleontology
The University of Michigan1109 Geddes Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI